We are serving together in Polk County
Sign up sheets for many different projects are available in the lobby at COTL.
Pastor Marion Morris is working together with church leaders to set up projects and see how we can help Polk County on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.
Sign up in the lobby or send us an email at email@example.com. Submit your ideas for projects at the sign up table, as well! Do NOT forget to include your shirt size so that we can all show the community that we are Serving Together through Rise Up 2018.
Churches are Ready to Serve Together, May 5-6
Local churches are once again joining together for a weekend of service to Polk County. Formerly known as Rise Up, leadership of this event is now under the Lake Area Pastor’s Council with a new name, “Serve Together.”
“Our churches believe that the problems that we face in our community are too great for any one congregation to address by themselves,” said Chris Borden, pastor of First Assembly of God in Livingston. “But if we come together and serve on behalf of our great God, then we believe we will see God do something only He can do.”
This weekend of service began in 2013 in one local congregation. Over the past four years, the event has grown to include over 1,000 people from many congregations around the county.
“We know that all of our churches in the county serve throughout the year. This weekend isn’t designed to take away from anything we are all doing already,” said Michael Meadows, pastor of Central Baptist Church. “But this weekend was born out of a simple question: What if the people of God came together and focused on the same thing at the same time? What could God do in Polk County if our community was able to see first-hand the unity we feel as the body of Christ?”
Service projects have benefited the City of Livingston, several local school districts and many elderly in Polk County. The projects have included people of all ages and many skill or activity levels. The group is also open to projects suggested by the community.
“You don’t have to be anything but willing to serve,” said Joe McDonald, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. “There will be something for everyone.”